Three and easy for Potters Bar Town as they close in on automatic promotion spots in Bostik North

PUBLISHED: 14:56 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:56 31 January 2018

Lee O'Leary scored the opening goal in Potters Bar Town's 3-0 win over Maldon & Tiptree.

 
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Lee O'Leary scored the opening goal in Potters Bar Town's 3-0 win over Maldon & Tiptree. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Potters Bar Town are up to third in the Bostik League North Division after a comfortable 3-0 win over play-off chasing Maldon & Tiptree.

A goal from captain Lee O’Leary and two from Eoin Casey saw the Scholars extend their winning run.

They have lost just once since the turn of the year and the last three victories have all come against sides in the top seven.

And they will now have set their sights on the automatic promotions spots, with second-placed Bowers & Pitsea, who they beat on Saturday, now just four points ahead but having played two games more.

Maldon went into the game sixth, sitting in the last available play-off place, with Bar two places above them.

And it was the visitors from Essex that started the better, with some slick passing and bags of pace.

However, the Scholars had speed in their ranks too and it was the rapid Sandro Costa that had the first opportunity of the game.

His shot though was well saved by Chris Haigh.

A Michael Murray free kick found the head of Steve Brown in the area but once again Haigh dealt with the threat comfortably.

However, the keeper couldn’t stop O’Leary getting on the end of another Murray free-kick and he deftly placed deftly his header into the back of the net 20 minutes in.

The Scholars doubled their lead on the half hour with Casey, apparently going nowhere in the box, managed to turn from an acute wide angle and loop the ball into the net over a surprised Haigh.

Maldon continued to play decent football despite being behind by two and were almost rewarded when Ryan Clampin found himself in space but once again Berkeley Laurencin was more than equal to the task.

Bar concluded the scoring for the night as half-time approached.

A good ball from the lively Billy Adcock freed Casey who neatly finished for 3-0.

The second half started with two Maldon substitutes and continued with more passing play from the visitors but it was Bar who continued to have perhaps the better chances.

Casey looked all set to claim his hat-trick, running on to a fine ball from Murray, but was denied by a last ditch tackle from Joshua Pollard.

Adcock and Chris Doyle combined well on the right to cross for O’Leary in the box but the midfielder headed just over the crossbar.

Sean Grace almost made it four in time added on but saw the ball dribble past the post despite his desperate lunge.

The Scholars travel to Norwich United on Saturday.

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